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Shulmans LLP
Yorkshire And The Humber

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Shulmans LLP has a strong presence in the housebuilding sector, deploying a specialist team to advise overseas investors on developing their portfolios, while it also focuses on property finance work for banks. Simon Jackson and Rosemary Edwards jointly head the team, with Jackson heading up the commercial real estate group and Edwards leading the residential development team. The firm has a 'broad range' of knowledge in commercial areas as evidenced by its work in the areas of retail and property development. Kieran Wilkinson provides 'clear, pragmatic advice', working closely with the firm's corporate finance team.

Environment Tier 2

Shulmans LLP's practice excels in advisory and contentious work alongside the transactional support it provides to the firm's corporate and real estate teams. The group's contentious expertise encompasses appeals related to permitting applications, noise nuisance abatement notices, defending prosecutions and enforcement notice breaches. The team also has notable knowledge of the manufacturing, waste, chemical, retail, transport and real estate sectors; all are key areas for practice head Lyn DarioMark Lumley and Richard Wadkin are also noted for their experience of the retail and transport sectors respectively.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Well-regarded former Mills & Reeve LLP partner Julia Rangecroft joined Shulmans LLP in December 2018 to head up the firm's private wealth team, incorporating the previous contentious trusts and estates and private client offerings, which include advisory and private capital transactional support services. The firm is expecting to grow the team further to reach nine lawyers over the course of 2019. The practice is now in a position to offer personal and professional wealth and capital advice alongside the existing corporate and commercial offerings.

Planning Tier 2

Shulmans LLP stands out for its residential development planning expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of infrastructure issues, mixed-use development planning and compulsory purchase orders. The 'commercially astute and strategically decisive' Amanda Beresford heads up the practice and handles national matters. Solicitor Emma Thomas is strong in the telecoms sector.

Property litigation Tier 2

Shulmans LLP is recognised nationally for its expertise in claims relating to dilapidations and telecoms, and regularly acts for property investors and developers, local authorities, shopping centres, retailers and manufacturers. Team head Michael Watson specialises in the team's key areas and counts national companies as clients. Helen Hill has a niche expertise in party wall and and neighbourly matters, acting for housebuilders and commercial developers, while newly promoted partner Richard Robinson assists developers, funds, public sector bodies and corporate occupiers.

Transport Tier 2

Shulmans LLP has notable capacity to assist clients with a range of regulatory road transport issues, including acting in public inquiries, criminal proceedings and hearings before the traffic commissioner. Key names to note include practice head Richard Wadkin, who is noted for his regulatory advice and advocacy in court and public inquiries, and Jim Wright, who has experience in road-related employment issues.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

While the Shulmans LLP’s contentious trusts and estates team does act for corporates and charitable organisations, the practice primarily focuses on individuals – both living in the UK or expats abroad. Key lawyers Paul Lewis and Eleanor Stenson are both ACTAPS accredited; Lewis acts as a professional deputy for individuals who have lost capacity, while Stenson draws on her experience of complex and high value commercial litigation. The firm also handles volume instructions from probate management company Chorus Law.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Shulmans LLP handles a range of corporate, commercial and financing transactions. Marcus Armstrong heads up the corporate team, which has particular experience handling matters in the IT, health and social care, pharmacy and financial services sectors; and Emma Roe leads the commercial practice, which counts the manufacturing, energy and chemicals and education sectors among its industry specialisms.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Shulmans LLP has telecoms sector and commercial IT expertise and is frequently instructed on a range of property-related telecoms work, regulatory matters and software services contracts for suppliers and customers, particularly in the financial services, travel and health sectors. The group also provides clients with data protection advice in an IT context. Mark Lumley and Emma Roe jointly lead the firms IT group, while property litigator Michael Watson is the key name to note for telecoms work.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Shulmans LLP provides 'clear and concise advice' on a range of contentious matters covering contentious trusts and estates, technology disputes, IP matters, professional indemnity work and consumer credit claims. The team counts high-net-worth individuals and families as well as corporates among its client base. Richard Wadkin, who specialises in high-value business and family disputes, injunctions and road transport work, heads up the practice, which includes Mark Lumley (who acts predominantly for technology businesses) and environmental and regulatory specialist Lyn Dario.

Construction Tier 4

Shulmans LLP's specialist construction team works closely with the firm's commercial property group and handles contractual issues, construction litigation and is increasingly active in other elements of the construction process. Department head Sarah Wilson joined from Watson Burton LLP and focuses on construction litigation.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

The employment team at Shulmans LLP has achieved a number of notable recent successes in Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Led by practice head Ian Dawson alongside experienced partners Jim Wright and Tom Watkins, the team is taking on increased volumes of contentious employment work. Dawson is an experienced Employment Tribunal litigator and holds a particular interest in shareholder and director disputes, corporate governance and directors’ duties, working on high-value claims with transactions involving share valuations of several million pounds. Wright heads up the firm's international activity, successfully defending Ghana International Bank in an Appeal Tribunal against claims in excess of £6m. Tom Watkins is another name to note for his expertise in the independent and further education sector.

Shulmans LLP is a full-service UK top 200 corporate law firm. It provides a full range of legal services to both private and public sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally via its Interlegal network.

The firm: Based in the heart of the Leeds Business District and with an office facility in the City of London, Shulmans is a full-service corporate law firm covering all of the areas of practice that most businesses routinely need – from corporate finance to employment, commercial to litigation and real estate. Within that framework, the firm has also established a national reputation in niche and specialist areas, including its market leading services within the housebuilding, road transport and mortgage lending industries

The firm has averaged double digit growth for the last nine years. That growth has been entirely organic. Shulmans has never merged with another firm. The firm was picked out as one of the top two independent law firms in the North and Scotland at The Lawyer Awards in 2018 with the judges highlighting its ‘determined leadership’, ‘innovative pricing’ and ‘impressive organic growth, excellent client wins and people focus.’

As well as boasting a slew of national clients including Lidl, Greggs, Barratt Homes, Costcutter, Betfred and Town Centre Securities, Shulmans’ international clients now include Ghana International Bank Plc and Chilean manufacturer, Drillco.

Shulmans is a founding member of Interlegal, a global network of independent commercial law firms in over 40 countries. Interlegal provides access to high-quality legal advice from other commercial firms with local knowledge, allowing member firms to offer international and cross-border transactions to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Shulmans LLP’s core services consist of: commercial property; planning; property litigation; construction; residential development; corporate finance; regulatory and environment; employment; dispute resolution; general commercial services; business restructuring and insolvency; debt recovery and credit management.

The firm also delivers specialist sector specific services including: telecommunications; healthcare/pharmacy; house building; independent schools; manufacturing and chemicals; waste management; road transport and logistics; and IT/tech. It has particular expertise in dealing with telecom masts, dilapidations and overseas investment in UK property.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Tim Halstead 0113 297 7720
Photo Name Position Profile
 Marcus Armstrong  photo Marcus Armstrong
 Clare Benger  photo Clare Benger
 Amanda Beresford  photo Amanda Beresford
 Andrew Bradley  photo Andrew Bradley
 Sarah Briscall  photo Sarah Briscall
 Dawn Carlisle  photo Dawn Carlisle
 Julie Carr  photo Julie Carr
 Lyn Dario  photo Lyn Dario
 Ian Dawson  photo Ian Dawson
 Rosemary Edwards  photo Rosemary Edwards
 Helen Goldthorpe  photo Helen Goldthorpe
 Tim Halstead  photo Tim Halstead
 Edwina Hewson  photo Edwina Hewson
 Helen Hill  photo Helen Hill
 Laura Hill  photo Laura Hill
 Simon Jackson  photo Simon Jackson
 Andrew Latchmore  photo Andrew Latchmore
 Mark Lumley  photo Mark Lumley
 Victoria Mortimer  photo Victoria Mortimer
 Christian Peace  photo Christian Peace
 Richard Robinson  photo Richard Robinson
 Emma Roe  photo Emma Roe
 Eleanor Stenson  photo Eleanor Stenson
 Emma Thomas  photo Emma Thomas
 Richard Wadkin  photo Richard Wadkin
 Tom Watkins  photo Tom Watkins
 Kayleigh Watson  photo Kayleigh Watson
 Michael Watson  photo Michael Watson
 Kieran Wilkinson  photo Kieran Wilkinson
 Mark Wilkinson  photo Mark Wilkinson
 Sarah Wilson  photo Sarah Wilson
 Jim Wright  photo Jim Wright
Number of UK partners : 26
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50

Our commitment to equality and diversity

Shulmans has a clear and comprehensive Equality Policy, which is underpinned by the principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all colleagues and job applicants. We aim to create an inclusive culture: a working environment in which all individuals are able to make the best use of their skills and abilities, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on performance, merit and aptitude.

All colleagues will be treated with dignity and respect; they in turn have a duty to act in accordance with the firm’s Equality policy and to treat other colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other members of staff, regardless of their status. These principles also apply to the way in which colleagues treat visitors, clients, customers, suppliers and former staff members.

Our commitment to our colleagues

One of our ‘Big Goals’ is to create a great place to work. We strive to provide our colleagues with good working conditions and rewards which encourage them and reflect the value of their work.

We offer fantastic career prospects through our career progression scheme, Forward with Shulmans. This framework, which has evolved over many years, offers a clear and transparent way for colleagues to achieve their career goals.

We are also committed to our colleagues’ wellbeing with benefits including a healthcare cash plan and employee assistance package as well as community-based activities at our base at Wellington Place which include a choir, book club, running club and free cycle hire.

Our commitment to charity

Shulmans is a UK top 200 corporate law firm. We have enjoyed sustained growth, but we do not do this at any cost. We firmly believe in giving something back. Although Shulmans is a firm with a national and international reach, we are strongly committed to supporting the Yorkshire region, its businesses and its people. Our colleagues are actively involved in charitable work. We have a CSR committee which has representatives from all over the business who meet on a monthly basis to organise activities for everyone to get involved in.

We select one charity each year by consulting our colleagues. We then embark upon a calendar of charitable events to support them. We have also developed partnerships with a range of local organisations, to the benefit of the community, examples of which are below:

  • The Shine project, Leeds
  • The Big Change Project, Leeds
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • The Leeds Community Foundation 100 Club

Our commitment to the environment

Based in the heart of the Leeds Business District the Shulmans offices were created with their environmental impact in mind.

  • Our building is BREEAM Certified
  • We offer our colleagues support with Travel to Work Schemes
  • None of the waste created in our office is sent directly to landfill

CLIENT: Les Foulger
COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: The team at Shulmans are very proactive in their approach to property risk management. In relation to dilapidations claims they work with us well in advance of the expiry of the lease so as to identify risks, put in place strategies to minimise those risks and to gather evidence so as to ensure that we are in the strongest possible position should a dispute ultimately arise. Their detail and technical analysis of contractual obligations in lease contracts has repeatedly delivered favourable outcomes for us.

CLIENT: Graham Burr, Head of Property
TESTIMONIAL: We would rate Shulmans very highly, in terms of strength in depth of team, and value for money, but particularly in respect of responsiveness to instructions and ‘drive’ to deliver in short timescales.

CLIENT: Tony Armitage
COMPANY/FIRM: Armitage & Co.
TESTIMONIAL: The advice and support I have received throughout has been professional and knowledgeable and the outcome at trial and the rarity of obtaining a 3rd party cost order were both resounding successes.


CLIENT: Mike Roberts, Regional Managing Director (Northern Region)
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratt Developments Plc
TESTIMONIAL: Shulmans has a strong team, offering a co-ordinated and consistent approach which helps us to achieve results. In particular, when one member of their team is away, they make a point of keeping jobs running seamlessly.